4, 2017 8:30-9:45amJenner Inn, 10400 Coast Hwy 1, Jenner
First of a series of conversations discussing Sonoma County's tourism industry. Sonoma County Tourism offers coffee, pastries, and a chance to discuss local tourism issues and the road ahead for our industry.
The agenda includes information about Sonoma County Tourism from Ken Fischang, president and CEO, and Nicole Bradin, director of community engagement and operations, plus an interactive group exercise focusing on your local destination.
This conversation is aimed primarily at residents and tourism businesses along the coast and Russian River areas, but all interested parties are welcome to join in this discussion.
MRC Note: Residents of the lower Russian River (who aren't of the anti-EPA Trumpian Persuasion) who have environmental and public safety concerns about VRBOs should attend.
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The Board of Supervisors is still encouraging vacation rentals with inflated day & night occupancy allowances to block emergency vehicle access on dodgy narrow roads in Monte Rio and to overload septics.
If a resident wants to apply for a vacation rental exclusion zone for their road based on topography and/or public safety, the application fee is $8,400.
Occupancy for vacation rentals is being based on number of bedrooms, not capacity of the septic system/cesspool. Permit applicants are allowed to hire their own contractor to verify unit compatibility. The nearest example to my home: A two-bedroom home is permitted for 6 overnight guests and an additional 6 daytime guests (who shower after swimming in the river and soaking in the ubiquitous hot tub). That's 12 people using a 750gal. septic. The PRMD's own Well & Septic Department advises no more than 2 occupants for a 750gal. septic. Daily load on a tank this size should be no more than 300 gal.
Support sensible changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance and PRMD enforcement!
(These concerns (and more), were brought to Efren Carrillo's attention
prior to the Board of Supervisor's April 2016 vote on changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance. Our concerns were not addressed.)
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Click here for weekly reports. Monte Rio is a town with approximately 1,058 residents and is 1.90 square miles in size.
It is considered to be lower middle class. In other words, a disproportionately large percentage of its households earn between $25,000 and $50,000 per year.